For clarification, yes I primarily play on the Xbox One, thus this will also alter my choices.
The Division (PC, PS4, X1)
I hate hyping games. All too often we see someone hype a game only to be met with a bad taste in their mouth: disappointment. Then I saw The Division roughly three years ago or so. I fell in love and wanted to play it right then and there. Then the delay train took off while they continued to poke and prod me with features to expect in the game. The seamless dropping in and out for co-op as well as integration of PvP that has an effect on the city itself had me wrapped around its fingers. I know I hope to be playing this day one!
I grew up in the late 80’s and through the 90’s watching Disney animations. This was before everything went the computer animation route. The old timey feel of the cartoons always hit me with that happy nostalgia. Then Cuphead came along and blew my mind. A lot like South Park: Stick of Truth, this game is heading that animation route in order to have a new and unique experience. All I know is that I am ready to take on the devil and shoot from my fingertips.
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 (PC, PS4, X1)
One of the most surprising hits of 2014 was Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare. No one expected it to be as fun as it turned out to be, nor did we think that it would be something that would still be being played with full lobbies to this day. The good thing about Pop Cap is that they have a great reputation of making better games in sequels. I only have the best of expectations of Garden Warfare 2.
This game releases in February and has a BETA January 14th through the 18th.
Halo Wars 2* (X1)
One of my all-time favorite Halo games actually is not in the first person shooter portion of the series, but the real-time strategy game, Halo Wars. While the sequel has been one of the most asked for games, 343i and Microsoft have continuously negated any idea that one was in the works. Then last year, Microsoft teased fans of the series with the upcoming sequel slated for this year. The best part is that this one is being developed by Creative Assembly, who developed the real time strategy series Total War and as recently developed a much beloved Alien: Isolation game. It is safe to say this game is in safe hands, that being said while 2016 is slated, I won’t be surprised by a delay.
No Man’s Sky (PS4)
This game was announced as an open-universe that randomly generated itself. Since I have a fetish with exploring open worlds, an open universe was the candy store I was ready to go rushing into. Roughly a year after its announcement the game developers hit a snag as their studio was flooded and much of the servers holding the game info was destroyed. Since then it seems as if they have made great strides to get back on track and release the game. Yeah, this is going to require that I get a PlayStation 4 finally, and I am excited!